Testimonials

Barbara is a highly accomplished writer, executive producer and creative consultant

who has enjoyed many years of success in the children’s entertainment industry with hundreds of hours of international content to her credit. She is enthusiastic, kind, and cares about her work."

 

Michael Carrington Head of Children's and Education, ABC-TV, Australia

"She has a wealth
of knowledge and experience you can trust, and instinctively knows what you need to do"
"Barbara's insight
and guidance on dramatic structure are
a constant help"

to take the seed of an idea and grow it into a series with a huge amount of exciting dramatic potential and possibilities. I'm now a working Theatre and TV Writer and Barbara's insight and guidance on dramatic structure are a constant help. I'd definitely be eager to attend more courses with Barbara to experience more of her enthusiasm and support.”

 

Alun Saunders
TV and Theatre Writer, Wales

Just two short weekend courses with Barbara were enough to give me the tools
I have been a writer for many years, but learning from Barbara has helped me understand the gaps in my work

which have been holding me back.  She has a wealth of knowledge and experience you can trust and instinctively knows what you need to do. Helping me to truly learn my craft, she is giving me a trajectory for work which is motivational, inspiring and moving my own story forward.”

 

Rachel Sambrooks Writer / Comedian, United Kingdom

She is an expert at making sure you walk away truly benefitting from her wealth of industry experience
Barbara Slade is my mentor, she's my Obi Wan Kenobi.

She’s the one who showed me the way. Not only did she reveal to me and the other students the secrets of storytelling that I am still taking advantage of each time I face a new story, but she also provided me with the most precious gift an aspiring writer needs in his or her luggage: the confidence that this is exactly his – or her – path, and the hope and courage to make one’s way.”

 

Teresa Radice
Graphic Novel Writer, Italy

"Barbara's energy
and enthusiasm are contagious, and her dedication to the
craft of writing is
inspiring."
"Spending even one day with Barbara had a hugely positive impact on my writing.
The ever-so-talented Barbara really helped define the premise
for the show.

Without her clear vision and guidance, the sitcom wouldn’t have been the success that it became. We finished filming its fifth season this summer.”

Terje Solli
Series Creator Side by Side, Norway

Barbara's 'Introduction to Story Writing' workshop was a most enjoyable experience

and an amazing amount of information and advice was conveyed in a short space of time. The passion, experience and insight she shared was inspirational. I’m sure that all who get on board, at all levels, will benefit tremendously.

 

Graham Smith Blog Writer, UK

Spending even one day with Barbara had a hugely positive impact on my writing.

Not only did she offer her own razor-sharp insight, but gave us strategies to make our own writing more concise and compelling, and to make the process more efficient and enjoyable. She really knows her stuff – and as a superb teacher, she is an expert at making sure you walk away truly benefitting from her wealth of industry experience.”

 

Kristina Yee  TV Writer, USA

Barbara was the lead writer for the original Angelina Ballerina TV animation series, and it was brilliant from start to finish.

Barbara's energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and her dedication to the craft of writing is inspiring. She brings a huge amount of talent and experience to all she does, and has a natural gift for teaching. How lucky we are that Barbara's starting The Story Academy – I'm going to join right away!

 

Katharine Holabird
Author Angelina Ballerina

I met Barbara at the Entertainment Master Class in Cologne where she'd been hired to teach us about storytelling.

The workshop was so inspiring that I invited her to hold an extended workshop at NRK Super, and later engaged her as a coach for different writing teams at our channel. Barbara loves teaching and it shows! She is truly inspiring, kind and has a special way of making everyone feel confident.

 

Hildri Gulliksen
Head of NRK Super

"She brings a huge amount of talent and experience to all she does, and has a natural gift for teaching."
Barbara is a high-profile screenwriter and she
has a natural talent for teaching people as well.

She is not only able to explain every aspect of screenwriting clearly to her students, she also helps you to get into the best mindset for this kind of work. She transmits positivity, helps you to trust in yourself, and really shows you how to develop new ideas. We only had two days with her, but even during this short time she was able to make a lasting impression on all of us.

 

Giulia Manelli
Co-ordinator, Lab-Media, Italy

"She is truly inspiring, kind and has a special way of making everyone feel confident."
I've had the pleasure of working with Barbara on several occasions. I've participated in one of her inspiring workshops

and she's also been a script development consultant for two sitcom series I've been involved in writing for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corperation (NRK). She has a unique talent for bringing out the very best not only in the stories being written, but in the scriptwriters who write them, as well.

 

Birgitte Bratseth Writer / Story Editor, NRK, Norway